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  • 14:55 Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes 1m 2f 6y

  • (listed) £40,000 added 3yo 7 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 6.08s
  • Off time: 14:55:55

Principal Role Wins Newbury Trial

Last Updated: 14/05/10 4:12pm

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Principal Role - Newbury winner.

Principal Role - Newbury winner.

Principal Role attracted a flurry of quotes for the Oaks after nailing Fatanah in the final stride of the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial at Newbury, giving Henry Cecil an embarrassment of riches for the fillies' Classic.

Eddie Ahern's mount ranged up to challenge the pacemaking Fatanah well over a furlong out and the pair had it to themselves after that, with Principal Role inching ahead right on the jamstick.

Boylesports cut the winner from 16-1 to 12-1 for Epsom, but Cecil can also call on Timepiece and Musidora heroine Aviate in that event and Principal Role is interestingly also entered in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Cecil's assistant Michael Marshall said: "This throws it right open with our fillies.

"The first two had the run of it from the front but came right away. She's a quirky character but behaved well and got home at the right time."

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to winning owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, was at York to witness the Yorkshire Cup success of Cecil's Manifest, but was pleased with Principal Role's performance.

He said: "She's battled away and it's a great result.

"It did look like she would stay and it's a very pleasant state of affairs."

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